A mar is a flaw, mark, or blemish, like a deep scratch on a wooden table. As a verb, to mar is to make such an imperfection — like the pen mark that mars your crisp, white shirt.

We often think of things that mar as immediately noticeable, like scratches, scars, and blemishes, but sometimes mar describes other ways of ruining something. For example, an unexpected run-in with a difficult person can mar your relaxing day at the beach, just as an unpleasant memory can mar a peaceful state of mind. The thing to remember is, it only takes one scratch, one mean comment, or one negative experience to mar something that is otherwise fine.

Definitions of mar

v make imperfect

“nothing marred her beauty”
deflower, impair, spoil, vitiate
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cloud, corrupt, defile, sully, taint
place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
blemish, deface, disfigure
mar or spoil the appearance of
mangle, maul
injure badly by beating
mark, pit, pock, scar
mark with a scar
Type of:
inflict damage upon

v destroy or injure severely

force out, gouge
force with the thumb
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injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation

n a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

blemish, defect
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birthmark, nevus
a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth
chatter mark
a mark made by a chattering tool on the surface of a workpiece
check, chip
a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts
dent, ding, gouge, nick
an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
mark, scar, scrape, scratch
an indication of damage
burn, burn mark
a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body)
blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
a blemish made by dirt
a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
verruca, wart
(pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus
milium, whitehead
a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
blackhead, comedo
a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
a fine crack in a glaze or other surface
a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
cigarette burn
a burn mark left by a smoldering cigarette
blotch, splodge, splotch
an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint
a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
a blot made with ink
nevus flammeus, port-wine stain
a flat birthmark varying from pink to purple
hemangioma simplex, strawberry, strawberry mark
a soft red birthmark
common wart
a benign growth (often with a rough surface)
condyloma acuminatum, genital wart, venereal wart, verruca acuminata
a small benign wart on or around the genitals and anus
juvenile wart
a small benign growth on the faces of hands of children
plantar wart
a wart occurring on the sole of the foot
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appearance, visual aspect
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

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